Moderator: Robert T. Russell, MD, MPH, FACS, Birmingham, AL
Co-Moderator: Rebecca C. Britt, MD, FACS, Norfolk, VA

The diagnosis and subsequent treatment of appendicitis in children is evolving. What was once considered an urgent surgical issue in children has morphed into an entity that may be managed entirely in a medical fashion. This panel will address the current controversies in not only the diagnostic imaging modalities for diagnosis, but also the treatment of acute and perforated appendicitis. This session is aimed at the pediatric and adult general surgeons and rural surgeons.

Presentations and Speakers

Current Management Strategies for Perforated Appendicitis in Children
Shawn D. St. Peter, MD, FACS, Kansas City, MO

Treatment of Acute Appendicitis in Children: Antibiotics Alone? 
Peter C. Minneci, MD, FACS, Columbus , OH

Imaging Strategies for Pediatric Appendicitis: No Imaging, Ultrasound, or Computed Tomography (CT)? 
Brian D. Kenney, MD, MPH, FACS, Columbus, OH

Use of Ancillary Adjuncts in Complicated Pediatric Appendicitis 
Shawn J. Rangel, MD, MSCE, FACS, FAAP, Boston, MA

What the Rural Surgeon Needs to Know About the Current Management of Appendicitis?
Glenn L. Levine, MD, FACS, Coquille, OR